[[MiniatureSeniorCitizens Two-foot geezers]] aside, body proportion in anime can venture to the realm of the odd. One situation where this is obvious is with any post-pubescent person who is unusually short. For example, a dwarf has different proportions to people of average height but will still be identifiable as being a certain age.

However, perhaps due to the nature of cute designs, most artists will simply draw the character physically as a child. This also allows for any humor related to that, rather than specifically related to height.

See also ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and OlderThanTheyLook.

Can often be truth in television, as the examples on OlderThanTheyLook will attest.

Not related to [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame literal dwarves]]. Well... not necessarily.
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* The 27-year-old Mika-sensei in ''SenseiNoOjikan''.
* Washuu in ''TenchiMuyo'' is sometimes confused for a child, although certain features of her body stay adult-sized. (Then again, she's ''chosen'' that body shape, and can assume a normal adult-sized form at will.)
* Despite being 18 years old, Hagu in ''HoneyAndClover'' is inexplicably drawn as if she was a little kid for [[AuthorAppeal reasons]] never explained or brought up by the characters.
* The wizard Clef in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. But point that out [[BerserkButton at your peril]].
* [[MeaningfulName Komoe]]-sensei, Touma's homeroom teacher in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Characters have expressed curiosity about her diminutive stature but no answer has been forthcoming.
* Ymir from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is a ''literal'' [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarf]] who appears as a little girl.
* Yugi Mutou of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is sixteen years old and five feet tall. In the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] he's mistaken for a grade-schooler at least once, and teased by an ''actual'' grade-schooler for not looking his age.
* Yutaka of ''Manga/LuckyStar'' was assumed by some of her classmates to be this, for being a 1.38m tall {{nice|girl}} [[TheIngenue sweet]] girl. She however don't appear to like this kind of view as she knows NotGrowingUpSucks.
* Alice in ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'' is probably not particularly short among the large amount of short girls in {{yonkoma}}, but she's a pure ''English''. In one strip Shinobu played this trope for laughs by comparing Alice to a doll. Alice was suitably freaked out.

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* One issue of the new TheMuppetShow comics features what appears to be a baby abandoned on the doorstep of Muppet Theater, who spends the issue performing highly un-baby-like stunts. [[spoiler:He turns out to be "Babyface Magoo: Midget Acrobat", the act that supposedly failed to show. His refusal to speak up until the reveal was because he'd been clobbered earlier and hadn't got all his marbles sorted out.]]

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* In the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, mature members of the race of Cupys resemble adorable little human toddlers. [[spoiler:In ''Little Myth Marker'', Markie (aka "the Ax") regularly uses this resemblance in a BatmanGambit to infiltrate the social circles of her targets for character assassination.]]

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* The historical druid Asphodel in ''{{Rift}}'' (who actually ''was'' a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarf]]) was for a little girl at least once. Which can probably be attributed partly to her being a GenkiGirl, partly to the fact that Rift dwarf chicks are tiny, compact, and big-eyed.

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* Slick from the webcomic ''[[http://www.sinfest.net Sinfest]]''. Nobody actually knows how old he is, but one thing is for certain: He's really, really short.
* The eponymous character of ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' is 5'3", [[OlderThanTheyLook looks 14, and is 24]]. [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=151 (See here.)]] He occasionally is drawn to look like a short, skinny adult, which is what he is, and EatingTheEyeCandy in the comments section ensues. He does have sideburns and broad shoulders, but he also has big, round eyes, as seen [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=605 panel 2 here]], often looks far too adorable to be an adult, and often wears clothing too large for him.
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